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HOWARD — A Howard man has been ordered by a federal judge to pay more than $13,000 in restitution after being convicted of taking, killing and possessing migratory birds in Miner County. Armand Dornbusch, 63, was ordered to pay $13,662.57 restitution, lost hunting privileges for three years and forfeited all traps as part of his sentence. He was indicted by a federal grand jury in January and pled guilty March 21 prior to being sentenced this week.
VOLIN— A 27-year-old Yankton man has died from injuries sustained in an April 8 crash near Volin. Michael Vos Jr. died Thursday, April 19. He was the driver and only person involved in the crash. His 2001 Chevrolet Impala was westbound on 306th Street in rural Clay County in the early morning hours of April 8 when the vehicle went across the eastbound lanes and into the south ditch. The vehicle eventually came to rest in a pasture.
A pair of Mitchell Middle School retiring teachers were honored Wednesday for their years of service during a staff recognition event at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy's commons area.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Authorities in Iowa brought a Mitchell robbery suspect into custody Wednesday. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety said 18-year-old Montez McClain was arrested in Davenport, Iowa. A warrant for his arrest had been issued last week in connection with an April 12 second-degree robbery in Mitchell and McClain was identified in a press release as the primary suspect on Tuesday. A local resident contacted law enforcement and identified McClain as the suspect accused of the robbery and said McClain could be in Davenport.
BURKE — Drawing an ace of spades from a deck of cards has put Tyler Van Metre on the Burke City Council. Van Metre won the seat Tuesday after the city had to settle a tie with Mark Benter after the Ward 3 election was tied April 10 with 22 votes apiece. After the votes were canvassed, a draw was set up, with the high card winning the seat. Van Metre will be new to the council, serving a two-year term. Benter has served for 16 years on the Burke City Council.
The South Dakota Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin reconstruction work on Highway 37 north of Mitchell from National Guard Road to one-quarter mile south of the Davison/Sanborn County Line on Monday, April 30. The work being completed includes construction of median crossovers, concrete pavement overlay, bridge deck overlay, bridge approach replacement and asphalt shoulder resurfacing.
PIERRE — For the first time since 1985, South Dakota's average teacher salaries in the 2016-17 school year were no longer the lowest in the nation. The news comes from the National Education Association's 2018 Rankings and Estimates report, an annual report that was released on Monday. According to the report, South Dakota's average teacher salaries increased from $42,025 in 2015-16 to $46,979 in 2016-17 — an increase of $4,954 or 11.8 percent. With the increase, South Dakota's average salary rose from 51st in the nation to 48th.
PIERRE — Dr. Christine Arnold, a pediatrician at Sanford Health in Mitchell, has been named a Childhood Immunization Champion by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to promote immunization among children in their communities.
The City of Mitchell would like to remind the citizens to check their sump pumps to make sure that they are working properly. It is recommended that sump pumps be drained to the curb. If possible, do not drain water in your backyard so you or your neighbor doesn't not have to recycle the ground water. Do not drain sump pumps into floor drains or into the sanitary sewer system. This may cause the sanitary sewer system to back up on you or your neighbors.
Dakota Wesleyan University will celebrate Commencement on May 6, with honorary degrees given to two alumni.